Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy Black History Month!: Rosa Parks T-Shirt Giveaway

February is a special time of year for our family as we celebrate Black History Month.  I've heard many arguments on the celebration.  Often, as I talk about in my book, I hear white people say, "Why is there a Black History Month?  Why isn't there a White History Month?" I also hear people say that having a month dedicated to Black history only furthers racial segregation.  I know some believe that there isn't Black history or White history:  there is just history.

We celebrate Black History Month for a few reasons.  First, I think it's very important that my children know and appreciate their racial history.  Two, I think as a Black/White family, it's important to celebrate those who came before us, paving the way.  Without them, our family wouldn't exist.  Three, though we teach our children about Black history throughout the year, February is a time to really focus in and delve deeper.

There are many wonderful ways to celebrate throughout this month (and the whole year through) with your family.  Read this article on to get inspired!

To kick-off Black History Month, one of my favorite companies, History to a Tee, is giving one White Sugar, Brown Sugar reader a Rosa Parks t-shirt (youth sizes XS-L).

From the creators:  "History to a Tee was created by Jane Yeomans and Melissa Goldstein, two artists who met at the Art Institute of Chicago and now work in publishing. Our work has been on the covers of your favorite novels, has shown at major museums and is in public collections.
We both have worked extensively in journalism as photo editors at many of the major publishing companies in NYC.
Our love of historical photography and drawing brought us to design the shirts. The tees were further inspired by our children, who love history, heroes, and cool design. Now they wake up and ask, “Who should I wear today? Sitting Bull? Rosa Parks? Ben Franklin? Galileo?” Who will your child’s hero be?
With children, friends and teachers we came up with a list of favorite historical figures. After writing and designing the shirts our next task was to find a printer that we liked to work with and was as excited as us about creating the line. We found him deep in the heart of Manhattan. He has been our guide through this process as he has been printing shirts for 55 years.
We believe that the ideas and struggles of the people portrayed on our shirts are are as relevant now as they were in the past. They are colorful and cool enough to appeal to kids, and provocative enough to create conversations about the most influential people in our history!"
Giveaway:  Begins 2.1.14 and ends at noon (Central time) on 2.7.14. 
(Winner must reside in the United States.)
Each reader can enter to win up to five times:
1:  Like History to a Tee on FB; leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.
2:  Check out the History to a Tee website and leave a comment telling me which tee is your fave and why. 
3:  Share this giveaway on FB or Twitter, tagging me, and leave a comment telling me you did so.
4:  Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.
5:  Follow me on FB and leave a comment telling me you did so.   
Check back here on Friday to see if you won!  Winner is selected at random.  The winner needs to e-mail me (whitebrownsugar AT hotmail DOT com) his or her full name and address within 48 hours of posting, or a new winner will be selected.  
Good luck!  



  1. I liked History to a Tee on FB....

    I checked out their website and LOVE the Rosa Parks shirt! "no reason I should take a back seat to anybody" -- LOVE that! For all of my kids, biological or adopted, black or white....

    And I already follow you on FB...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lisa tolson

  2. I love the Abraham Lincoln t-shirt! We reside near DC, and love to visit the Lincoln Memorial, it is one of my family's favorites. I would love to follow you on FB, but I have deleted my account. I love your blog!!!! It is amazing, and full of wonderful ideas for transracial families!!!

  3. We did all 5 things!

    Our favorite Tshirt is Rosa Park's tshirt. My daughter loves the story of Rosa Parks and loves to re-enact her story and the story of the Bus Boycott with her baby dolls. She would love to have a shirt with Rosa Parks on it. Today is Ms. Parks' birthday too!

  4. I "Liked " page. I followed you on facebook and twitter. I love the Rosa Park shirt best on the site, because its teaches my little one of her history.

  5. My favorite History to a Tee shirt is Abraham Lincoln's!

  6. I liked History to a Tee. I check out their website & I like the Rosa Parks tee but, really I like them all! I follow you on FB. I shared the giveaway on my FB.


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